'Bones': Fan favorite bites the dust as 'gravedigger' arc wraps up

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Fans still lamenting last season's continued postponement of a Brennan/Booth hookup on "Bones" have something to look forward to: a big death.

TV Guide reports that an early episode of the series' sixth season finds the Jeffersonian gang putting an end to the "gravedigger" case with one last appearance by the recently convicted Heather Taffet ( Deirdre Lovejoy).

But the departure of the show's longest running serial killer doesn't mean smooth sailing. Executive producer Hart Hanson says the end of the gravedigger marks the dawn of a new recurring villain, who'll appear in the same episode.

Hanson says this new nemesis is "someone much worse, who will dog us for the season." Dogging, here, apparently includes killing off a member of the cast.

Now, Hanson's exact words are that "one of our characters will be a victim," and victim doesn't necessarily imply death. But throughout all the high drama of "Bones," can you even name more than a handful of characters of consequence that got the literal axe?

"Bones" producers may want to clean house, and nowhere is there more clutter than the ever-shifting intern pool. Place your bets on any one of the recurring squints who've subbed since Zach was institutionalized for his turn as the cannibal's apprentice.

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